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Appointment of CEO

The Board of KDYS is delighted to announce the appointment Ms. Berni Smyth as the new CEO of the organisation.  Berni will join KDYS from Tusla and will take up her appointment on June 7th, 2022. Berni comes from Galway. She has extensive experience of providing supports to children and families in the voluntary and […]

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Equine Therapy & Youth Work

Tralee UBU project in partnership with Tralee Equestrian Centre, have developed an Equine Therapy programme which has taken place since September 2021.  The program is primarily for young male members of the travelling community, aged 10-14.  Equine therapy includes a range of treatments that incorporate activities with horses to promote physical, social, and emotional health. […]

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Get Information & Support with our Online Chat Service

How does the chat work? The chat service is available between 4pm and 8pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). The service is here to support 16 to 25 year olds, parents/guardians, and people who work with young people. If you want to chat to a Youth Information Worker during that time, start a conversation […]

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Transition Programme for 6th Class Students

The KDYS 6th class on-line transfer programme is available to all National schools and 6th class pupils for month of June 2020. Teachers, pupils and parents/carers can contact to order the video plus an accompanying booklet. A supplementary zoom meeting between the pupils and a KDYS youth worker can also be arranged

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Life in Killarney for a European volunteer during COVID19

Meet Nicolas Lelorrain, KDYS’ European Solidarity Corps volunteer from Metz, France who, due to the ongoing COVID19 crisis, is unable to return home until travel restrictions are lifted. The European Solidarity Corps brings together young people from across Europe to build a more inclusive society and respond to societal changes. By participating in volunteer placements, […]

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First Online Irish Youth Chat Service Launched – Organisations Accelerate Initiative in Light of Current Crisis

Press Release from Youth Information Partnership on 14th April 2020 Four leading Irish youth organisations have today formally launched a new unique online youth chat system called the Digital Youth Information Chat Service. The Youth Information Online chat service is the first of its kind in Ireland. Crosscare, SpunOut, YMCA and Youth Work Ireland who […]

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KDYS has launched a new initiative to provide a telephone and email support service for all parents and children across Kerry. The service was created as a direct response from the needs that the Tusla funded Tralee Springboard Family Support project and other KDYS services were hearing in the community. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 […]

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Press Release KDYS has launched a new initiative to provide an outlet for young people across Kerry. Can’t get out to a youth club then let the youth club come to you. This is open to all teenagers and to find out more just go to the KDYS website of Facebook page. CEO Tim ODonoghue […]

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Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) – A Community based Youth Work Organisation connecting with and supporting Young People Following advice from the Government of Ireland in relation to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), all KDYS Centres, youth cafes and volunteer led youth clubs are closed to the public from Friday 13th March.   While our centres are […]

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KDYS with a group of teenagers from Kerry and Italy have launched a campaign to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. They have created a video with a very important message for their peers and for all people. They have pledged their commitment to this cause and they are calling on all young people and all of […]

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